the retail wheel goes round and round in san francisco, with chains like all saints, james perse, and alexis bittar just opening new doors in the city, while other companies like topshop and target look for spaces. as much as i love having the variety of some of my favorite stores coming to sf, i also love when local designers and artists have stores of their own, either selling their own products or working in collaboration with others.
the common in the soma district of sf is a partnership between designers+artists and durable goods concern that wanted a different kind of retail space. it’s a store, gallery, coffee shop, bar, gathering space, restaurant, and library that features four barrel coffee, a communal table, a rotating list of food carts, reading materials like monocle magazine and calvin & hobbes comic books (plus wi-fi). the store part has clothing and accessories for men and women from designers that if not local are based in the u.s., including taylor stitch, tellason denim, wm j. mills & co sailmakers bags, women’s clothing by lamixx & jessica milton (and vintage), and accessories by rachel nasvik, pretty little thing, and steel couture.
this thursday night, the common is hosting the first of many pop-up shops, this one in conjunction with lookbook.nu called storefront. for $20 you get open bar and up to 65% off brands such as cheap monday, bb dakota, and serial cultura, vintage, plus handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories. if you’re one of the first 50 shoppers, you’ll also get a free gift bag. even better, if you use the code “shopdna” when you buy tickets online, you’ll get $10 off!
can’t make it tomorrow? the common is hosting another pop-up next tuesday with jbny, the hot clothing line out of china, plus another vintage pop-up closer to the holidays. or you can simply stop by for a coffee, a new shirt, or a magazine.
storefront pop-up at the common
thursday, november 11, 6:30-10pm
1077 mission near 7th street